The HomePod will be available in December this year, initially in Australia, the United Kingdom and the US. Meanwhile, the HomePod comes with a $349 price tag when it officially comes out later this year.
A HomePod in every home? It has a 4-inch woofer with a custom amplifier as well as seven beamform tweeters, each with individual drivers. Apple says the sound quality will be second to none and that it features six microphones, which only listen to users when they say "Hey Siri".
"Apple has been clever in holding out on its own launch", he said.
"It's so cool, we really believe it is going to take your home music experience to the next level", said Apple CEO Tim Cook. In addition to playing music, HomePod can provide news, general knowledge, reminders, podcasts, translation, weather, and HomeKit controls, among other things. It aims to initially beat the competition on audio fidelity. The HomePod will cost $349, which is much more expensive than the $180 Echo and the $130 Home.
Given that in recent quarters, Apple has struggled with tepid iPhone sales, it may be hoping that the HomePod will help fuel its revenue growth.
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With HomePod, Apple is also offering some robust personal security features, which should work to its advantage, both Husson and Ask suggest. So it has to prove that it can make a good speaker before calling it the best speaker ever.
HomePod is positioned as a rival to Amazon Echo.
HomePod is Apple's bet in the burgeoning market for smart home systems.
Apple announced its first ever smart speaker, HomePod, on Monday. But the product seems directly inspired by existing smart speakers from Amazon and Google. This device is a smart speaker which is integrated with Apple's trademark artificial intelligence software, Siri.
Besides, the virtual assistant can be used for stuff other than music.
But I think Apple's strategy is a little trickier than that. Amazon's senior VP of devices David Limp explained that he believes Alexa and Siri should be able to communicate with one another, while also pointing to the HomePod's price as an advantage for Amazon...
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However, Apple (AAPL) stopped short of calling it a home assistant and thus a direct competitor to companies like Google Inc.